[CLOSED] 20F Specialty Coffeehouse @ Foch Road – Lavender’s “New” Clinic Turned Cafe

Update June 2020: 20F Specialty Coffeehouse has closed.

It’s a known fact that Singapore’s landscape is ever changing – with our thirst for change and progress in a limited land space, it’s not hard to imagine many of our forefathers’ domains disappearing into the tides of time.

So when word got out that a former family-run clinic was being converted into 20F Specialty Coffeehouse, a hipster cafe – with its interior embellishments intact – it no doubt caught the attention of cafe hoppers with a love for the old school. Check out the metal window grills and patterned tiles – typical of the traditional medical centres of old!


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10 Singapore Cafes with Instagram Worthy Tabletops for #Flatlay Addicts

Flatlays. They’re all the rage on Instagram, whether you’re showing off your latest fashion haul or a #blessed weekend brunch with your BFFs.

Of course, it’s not enough to nail that killer arrangement of whatever you’re trying to show off; a good backdrop can make or break your #flatlay, too.

So to help you Instagrammers out there, I’ve compiled a list of cafes in Singapore with Instagram worthy table tops for your photo taking needs.

(You can take your food off the floor now.)

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Brawn and Brains @ Guillemard Road – Simple Savouries and Bakes Next to a Rockclimbing Gym

We’ve seen a number of bustling cafes and bakeries expand to better accommodate their customers; Brawn and Brains is one of them.

Tucked away in the Old Singapore Badminton Hall on Guillemard Road, the cafe has seen a healthy number of crowds especially on the weekends, when regulars of the rockclimbing gym next door drop by for a well deserved treat. And of course, those who come to enjoy fresh brews and an afternoon in this well-lit space – yay for light hungry Instagrammers like myself!

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Symmetry @ Jalan Kubor – A Taste of the Good Life with Instagram Worthy Dishes (Invite)

Situated between Bugis and Lavender MRT, Symmetry is one of those long-running players in Singapore’s cafe scene, having been around for close to five years. The cafe is open seven days a week, with different operating hours on certain days to cater to the brunch crowd at different times of the week.

With a relocation in the works for a friend of mine, a farewell get-together for foodies and Instagrammers was in order, and what better place to celebrate Singapore’s cafe culture than a late brunch-cum-dinner preview on Symmetry’s alfresco area?

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[CLOSED] The Bakehouse @ Alexandra Central – The Savoury Arm of Carpenter & Cook

Update June 2020: The Bakehouse has closed.

We Singaporeans sure are spoilt for choices when it comes to food. I remember back in 2009 when I was working in Alexandra, dining options were limited to IKEA, Anchorpoint and Queensway.

Fast forward to today, and we now have Alexandra Central, home to a range of Asian comfort food and Western brunch places – one of them being The Bakehouse by Carpenter & Cook.

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The Tuckshop @ Guillemard Road – Now Open For Brunch (Invite)

Ah, the tuckshop – haven of 80-cent bee hoon and Wang Wang biscuits from our primary school days. Who here recalls rushing down to their favourite stall during those precious half-hour recess times? 🙂

Today, it stands for another kind of haven – a bar-cum-cafe tucked away on Guillemard Road. Watering hole by night – and now brunch joint by day, The Tuckshop is now brunching out (ha ha ha) into the cafe scene with an all new weekday and weekend food menu!

With The Tuckshop’s slogan being “All Things Local”, I daresay their brunch selections are dedicated to bringing back the simple, joyous things in life – just like the tuckshops of old. 😉

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